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Rowan Tree

Sorbus spp.

Also known as

Mountain Ash, Whitebeam

Sorbus-alnifolia-flowers by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Rowan Tree Overview

The genus Sorbus contains approximately 244 deciduous trees and shrubs which are customarily grown for their flowers, fruits, foliage and in some species nice autumn colour. Species in this genus possess either leaves divided into leaflets or whole leaves and those with divided leaflets tend to grow worse in dry soils. Small flowers are white or sometimes pink, they have 5 petals and are organised in clusters on branched stems, sometimes in a flat-topped corymb arrangement. These lead on to spherical, fleshy yellow, white, orange, brown or most frequently bright red berries.

Common problems with Rowan Tree

How to propagate Rowan Tree


You can propagate by softwood cuttings or budding in summer, by stratified seed in autumn.




Grafting in winter.

Other uses of Rowan Tree

Grown for their foliage, small, 5 petalled flowers, attractive fruits and in some species, autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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